Villagers raise crime concerns with officers

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POLICE have been out and about around Northumberland to find out community concerns.

Officers from Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out the exercise throughout March.

They consulted 28 residents from the rural villages of Scots Gap and Netherwitton about how they view local policing, whether they are happy with it and if they have any crime concerns.

Of those consulted, 50 per cent said they were happy and had no policing issues to raise.

Fourteen members of the public spoke about concerns, including speeding drivers, quad bike thefts and poaching.

They also mentioned environmental issues, such as noise and dog fouling.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “We have listened to our residents and will take action to combat the issues that concern them.

“We have made our partners aware of some of the issues raised and will ensure, together with them, we are able to tackle the problem.

“We have an ongoing speeding operation in place to combat speedy and nuisance drivers. The Neighbourhood Team works closely with local gamekeepers and estates to combat theft and poaching offences.

“This is another example of how going out and speaking to local people allows us to police our community and tackle issues that most concern people.”

Anyone wishing to discuss crime concerns with officers can contact Sgt Wilmore-Greaves on 101, ext 69191, or email morpeth.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk

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